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Member, Perinatal Program Council

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Open to Northern Region, Patient partners in the Northern region

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Have you given birth within the last five years? Do you have an interest in helping to improve the quality of perinatal – prenatal, delivery and postpartum – services as part of an ongoing advisory council?

Open to: Patient partners in the Northern region

Lead Organization or Department

Northern Health, Perinatal Program


This is a regional forum for the development and recommendations of standards, policies, plans and quality improvement processes related to the Northern Health Perinatal Program area. The Council also addresses issues associated with education, skill development and professional practice.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


  • Have experience receiving prenatal, delivery and postpartum care
  • Seeking one patient partner with rural context/experience and one patient partner with an urban experience
  • Comfortable sharing experience/story and shared decision making
  • The perspective from an Indigenous patient partner would be helpful
  • Ability to seek a regional/system perspective
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit, please contact Cathy Almost.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date, time, location: Two full-day in-person meetings (Vancouver or in region) in spring (April/May) and fall (Sept/Oct) with two shorter video conference/teleconference meetings in between. Telehealth or in-person (in Vancouver)
  • Commitment: Over a year. Meetings four times per year.


Pre-approved travel expenses such as flight/mileage (least expensive), accommodation with accompanying receipts will be reimbursed.


The Council aims to stimulate, steward and support Northern Health's goal to achieve and sustain high quality obstetrical services. Care providers on the council include: Primary Care Providers: Physicians (Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Paediatrician, General Physicians), Midwives, Nurse Practitioner; Nurses: educator, clinical, administration. Other members include: Population and Public Health, Indigenous Health. Co-Chaired by: Registered Nurse (Executive Lead) and Obstetrician (Medical Lead). Care settings include Acute Care (delivery service) and Community Care (prenatal and postpartum service).

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.